Condor Seed History

A Brief History Of Condor Seed Production, INC.

 

1985; Condor Seed Production, Inc. was established under the laws of the state of Arizona, operating out of the General Manager’s home. The company began business as a wholesale vegetable seed contract production company with the first seed crops being sown in the fall of 1985. A 10 acre parcel of land located approximately 5 miles south of Yuma, Arizona was purchased to serve as company headquarters and provide acreage for experimental production and quality control grow outs.

 

1986; Construction of an 8,000 square foot warehouse was completed which included one seed cleaning line. An 800 square foot mobile office unit was purchased and set up west of the warehouse. In May and June of this year, the first seed crops were harvested and seed conditioning began.

 

1989; A production manager was hired to assist in the expanding seed production of the company and he still works with the company today. In these first few years, 80-90% of our seed production was contract or product of acreage production.

 

1991; A new employee was hired to be in charge of shipping and receiving, who continues to work for the company in another capacity. This year, the General Manager attended his first International Seed Congress in Spain beginning the continuing expansion of our international business. This year we also published our first official Price List containing 114 open pollinated varieties.

 

1992; Condor Seed becomes one of the founding members of the Seed Trade Association of Arizona.

1993; A 2,200 square foot office was constructed to take the place of the mobile office unit. The company also began leasing additional acreage in the vicinity to expand experimental and small acreage seed production, and to provide crop rotation for the original acreage.

 

1998; Construction of an 18,000 square foot insulated warehouse was completed which included a 4,000 square foot climate controlled storage room. This and all other Condor Seed warehouses are 30 feet tall at the sides. The majority of our seed is stored in large wood or tri-wall bins that are stacked up to 6 high taking advantage of the taller building construction. This new building provided room in our original warehouse for the construction of a third seed conditioning line.

 

1999; A small shop was built in order to move most of the maintenance equipment out of the conditioning warehouse to make room for additional seed cleaning equipment.

 

2003; Our original office building was demolished due to a major architectural flaw and a new office building was constructed with more or less the same foot print. During most of this year, our office was set up in the cold storage room of our shipping warehouse. This year also saw the development of Condor Seed’s web site which has functioned primarily as an “on line” catalog of the varieties we sell produced from our own stock seed or purchased from other suppliers.

 

2011; An 8,800 square foot addition was constructed on the north side of the original warehouse for the primary purpose of storing thresher run seed prior to conditioning.

 

2012; A small building with a kitchen and rest rooms was built north of the shipping and receiving warehouse to serve as a break room for all warehouse and seed cleaning employees.

 

2013; In December of this year, the company was sold to Suba Seeds, a large Italian seed company. This has provided an opportunity for a number of production synergies between the two companies as well as access to new customers. Condor Seed is now part of the Suba Group, one of 6 members associated with the vegetable and herb seed business.

 

2014; About 45% of our seed production acreage this year was under contract with other companies sown from their proprietary stock seed. The balance was mostly public varieties sown from stock seed selected and maintained by the company.

 

2015; This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary. This current price list contains 357 unique products of which 28 are proprietary or semi-exclusive varieties. We are most grateful to all our long time customers (many who have been doing business with us for 25+ years) as well are those companies who are relatively new to us. We currently serve 330 customers in 55 countries throughout the world.  We acknowledge with thankfulness our 20 loyal employees who have an average service of 11 years working for Condor Seed. They are the driving force behind the success of our company.